OSAC is pleased to announce the artists selected to perform at our Showcase 2018 event in Regina October 12 - 14 at the Regina Performing Arts Centre!

Friday Evening 

  Saturday Afternoon

  Saturday Evening

 Jazz Affair   Diamond Girls   The Fitzgeralds
 The Young Novelists   Prairie Debut presents meagan&amy   Earle and Coffin
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures   Madison Violet   Chris Funk The Wonderist
 Don Amero   Pharis & Jason Romero   Randal Arsenault
 The Johnny McCuaig Band     Blake Reid Band

BlakeReidBandPressphotoBlake Reid Band (AB) 
In support of their award winning music documentary 'No Roads In', the Blake Reid Band will be performing the prairie roots acoustic music featured in the film.
Recently broadcast on CBC and set for full release in the fall of 2018, 'No Roads In' is the journey of a band stepping into an abandoned homestead to silence the world, record an album, and find true musical inspiration midst an ocean of wheat. This award winning project has been showcased in film festivals across the world and has garnished 'Best Music', 'Best Documentary', and Best Cinematography' in Europe, US and Canada. The Blake Reid Band is proud to bring the music, the film, and the journey of 'No Roads In' home to Western Canada in 2019.

Chris Funk The Wonderist (MB) ChrisFunkTheWondePressphoto
Witness the dynamic and engaging magic show that has entertained and amazed audiences across the globe! Chris Funk's magic show is an engaging and visceral experience that will have audiences talking for years to come. Something that can only be described as "refreshingly different!" The live-feed camera and interactive videos bring audiences up onstage and into the action, delivering a show that everyone can call their own. You see, Wonder can't simply be defined with words; it's a feeling that one defines in his or her own special way. That's why Chris Funk has designed a show that truly encourages audience members to discover Wonder, while laughing, smiling, gasping with amazement and really experiencing a child-like sense of awe, all along the way. Chris has performed at events an venues such as; The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California Penn & Teller: Fool Us, America's Got Talent, Wizard Wars on SyFy Masters of Illusion, Disney Cruises, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Cruises. Laugh, ooh and ahh  along with Chris as he blends his own unique style of witty humour and illusion into a show that Penn & Teller dubbed "Irresistible". A Las Vegas Style Show no matter what the venue is. It is engaging, captivating, mind blowing, hilarious, and will have your guests thanking you, then leave thinking  "How'd he do that"?!
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures (QC)ChristineTassanEtPressphoto
With a decade and a half of bringing their special blend of Gypsy jazz and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene. The latest show of these four exquisitely talented female musicians brings together some of the best works by Django Reinhardt, Felix Leclerc and American swing composers. This crafty double tribute recalls the meeting between the Gypsy guitarist and the Quebec singer-songwriter in a Saint-Germain-des-Prés hotel in 1951, in Paris. If the two really did meet, the rest is the product of the intensely creative imagination of the quartet. With a singular mix of virtuosity, daring and humour, the four-woman string band draws inspiration from one artist's poetry and the other's swing to weave a rich new musical universe, an ode to freedom and creativity. In the same line of thought, they've expanded their concept to the wonderful swing music of some contemporary friends of Django and Felix.
Diamond Girls (SK)AmandaTrappPressphoto
Actress Amanda Trapp portrays Mary "Bonnie" Baker, Arleene Johnson Noga, and Daisy Junor (all Saskatchewan players in Philip K. Wrigley's All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 1943-54) and a cast of 18 other characters in this gritty, poignant, and fast-paced one-woman show. "Fun, funny, and brought a tear to my eye." ***** CBC Manitoba
Don Amero (MB)                    DonAmeroPressphoto
An evening with Don Amero is a new take on the classic traveling troubadour. With a combination of original music and classic covers like Blue Rodeo's "Try", it falls somewhere between a family friendly stand up comedy show and an intimate concert. Between the witty banter, laughs, heartfelt music and inspiring stories, it is an experience for the whole family. Don believes that music is medicine and reaches a depth of the soul that no prescription can offer. We've all felt the power of a melody, lyric or song - it has an almost supernatural ability to move us on an emotional level. In his performance, Don takes the listener on an emotional journey - leaving the audience encouraged and inspired to take better care of themselves and others. From the stage, he shares the joys and pitfalls of being a husband, father, and musician in today's world. With a heavy dose of humour, he connects with an easy and effortless charm as he shares his real life stories and songs with his audience.
EarleAndCoffinPerformerphotoEarle and Coffin (NL)
Nick Earle and Joe Coffin from St. John’s NL are two 18 year old bluesmen. Their debut album "Live at The Citadel House" is a collection of the duo’s favorite blues standards that earned them the 2016 CDN Folk Music Award for Young Performers & nominations for the 2017 ECMA Blues & 2016 MusicNL Jazz/Blues recording. Reviving old blues is one of their projects. “Wood, Wire, Blood & Bone” is mix of electric, rock & be-bop inspired originals & classic blues standards earning them a 2017 MusicNL Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year Award & nominations for Album & Group of the Year. They won the 2017 Maritimes to Memphis International Blues Challenge & Performed in Memphis. E&C have played the PEI Jazz&Blues Fest, Stan Rogers Fest, N&L Folk Fest & Harvest Jazz&Blues & Kansas City

Jazz Affair (QC)                  JazzAffairPressphoto
Through their show Moondance, Jazz Affair offers a dance floor repertoire. They perform many popular hits from groups, such as Styx, The Buggles and The Doobie Brothers, that will make it difficult to resist getting into the beat. Pop, rock and swing songs succeed each other in an a cappella style.  
Madison Violet (ON)   MadisonVioletPressphoto
Madison Violet is a JUNO nominated Folk/Americana duo who are releasing their 9th studio album in 2019. Known for their harmonies and heartbreaking lyricism, multi-instrumentalists Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are the first Canadians to win the Maxell John Lennon Songwriting Grand Prize, took away Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Awards and numerous others. They’re endlessly navigating the globe, touring with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Chantal Kreviazuk and James Blunt; and will be celebrating their 20th year as a group in 2020.
Pharis & Jason Romero (BC)  PharisandJason
Their voices, guitars and banjos move as one, leading the listener through a wooded landscape of original and early music. Old songs, rural life, and archaic banjo tunings are the undercurrents, the desires for love, connection and community flow in the music and stories of life in their tiny town of Horsefly, BC. On tour with two young kids when not at home building custom banjos, the Juno award winning duo has traveled Canada, the USA and Europe to play concert halls and festivals. Called “sublime” (NPR), “brilliant” (BBC) and “particularly good medicine” (No Depression), they are currently touring in support of their fourth record, Sweet Old Religion.
Prairie Debut presents meagan&amy (SK)                   meaganamy
meagan&amy, a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Praised for their energy, sensitivity, and musical maturity, they were awarded the first ever "Pan-Canadian Partnership" recital tour by Jeunesses Musicales, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. As a result, they will tour to over 40 different Canadian cities as part of the 2019-2020 season. meagan&amy began their partnership in 2011 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and have since performed regularly for audiences in eastern and western Canada. With the generous support of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada AIDA fund, meagan&amy studied Québécois and French repertoire in December 2017 as part of a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. They appeared in recital at the Festival de Lanaudière in July 2018 and will also be featured by CBC Music’s “In Concert” in the fall, 2018.         
Randal Arsenault (AB)RandalArsenaultPressphoto
Alberta singer/songwriter Randal Arsenault's new project "Rock & Roll To My Grave" marks a shift back to roots/country after establishing himself with Afro-Celtic Dr. Zoo, which toured extensively and has been recognized by the Canadian Songwriting Awards, East Coast Music Awards, and Music NL Awards. The new album is inspired by Arsenault's vintage guitar and classic songs of his youth by Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry, and led to new songs in the old style, and the forthcoming CD with Murray Pulver (Bros. Landreth, Doc Walker). Program Synopsis: The show includes heartfelt songs about love, loss, family, and respect for culture and diversity. A staple of any Randal Arsenault show is getting the audience involved, such as singing "I don't mind" to "Rock & Roll to My Grave", and sharing in stories about working with Indigenous groups in Winnipeg and recording the song "Respect" (features Indigenous singer Coco Stevens), and stories about living in Africa for 20 years. The theme of "Rock & Roll to My Grave" is also a response to Randal's recent cancer scare and proceeds from touring go towards the Canadian Cancer Society; "Someday I know I'll be travelling to my grave, when I die please don't cry cause I'll be rock & rollin all the way".
The Fitzgeralds (ON)                    TheFitzgeraldsPressphoto
Meet The Fitzgeralds ~ a family group consisting of 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle and Step Dance champions – Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald. With roots in Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, The Fitzgeralds have evolved to include a wide variety of material in their performances, including Celtic fiddle pieces, high-energy step dancing, and a strong focus on original compositions and arrangements. Their extensive tour history includes performances with notable artists; Natalie McMaster, Ireland’s Nathan Carter, Leahy, Tony McManus, We Banjo 3, and Cherish the Ladies. In 2017, The Fitzgeralds went “viral” on Facebook via Ireland’s leading newspaper with over 4 MILLION views of their original choreographed dance routine!
The Johnny McCuaig Band (SK) TheJohnnyMccuaigBPerformerphoto
The Johnny McCuaig Band are a fun 5 piece rock band mixing bagpipes with modern edgy radio rock hooks. It's a marriage of traditional sounds with exciting rock dance beats and heart pumping guitar. It's like east coast kitchen party meets west coast Vancouver classic party rock. It's a formula that's taken the band to stages in Europe, Japan, and all over North America. September 2018 is the release of the bands next album Lions As Ravens and features the sports anthem 'Here We Go (Are You Ready?)' that you'll hear used by some professional teams around the world to pump up the crowd!
The Young Novelists (ON) TheYoungNovelistsPressphoto
The Young Novelists create contemporary folk songs that marry their effortless harmonies with darkly poetic lyrics and exquisitely crafted hooks. Their third album In City & Country features songs about 10 small towns in Ontario, and has been described as “a lush-sounding feast” (Penguin Eggs) and “emotional, melodic music that variously reminds me of the Jayhawks and Richard and Linda Thompson.” (No Depression) Their previous album landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, and multiple songwriting awards. They have toured across Canada, the United States, and in Europe, often with their young son in tow. Their signature show features confessional storytelling about their songs and travels, singalongs, and the unique sound of bowed glockenspiel.            

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